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Name: West Fox

Nearest Town: Fifty Lakes
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 08/04/2008
Inventory Number: 18029700
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete South side of long point between East and West Fox on the northwest shore of East Fox Lake. Access is via channel into West Fox.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 449.41
Littoral Area (acres): 138
Maximum Depth (ft): 55
Water Clarity (ft): 16

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 34 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 19.5 (5-23)


Did you know? Ongoing habitat improvement and maintenance work is conducted on trout streams that have publicly owned land or easements.

Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 0.78 0.5 - 2.2 0.43 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 1.78 0.3 - 1.7 0.38 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 23.67 7.7 - 43.4 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 6.22 N/A 0.08 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 1.67 0.3 - 1.0 4.89 2.6 - 4.9
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.22 0.3 - 1.0 0.94 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 1.8 1.06 0.5 - 1.1
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 10.44 N/A 0.21 N/A
Gill net 0.56 N/A 0.28 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 1.67 0.4 - 1.5 0.60 0.2 - 0.7
Gill net 2.22 0.5 - 1.7 0.59 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.22 N/A 1.29 N/A
Gill net 10.33 2.2 - 8.7 2.28 1.5 - 3.2
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.78 1.4 - 5.9 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.56 N/A 0.17 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 2.33 0.8 - 3.7 0.27 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 2.11 0.7 - 4.4 0.43 0.2 - 0.4
Smallmouth Bass Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 0.8 1.58 0.2 - 0.7
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 2.11 1.3 - 10.4 1.61 0.3 - 1.0
Walleye Gill net 1.44 1.0 - 5.0 3.80 1.2 - 3.0
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.44 1.0 - 5.3 0.88 0.5 - 0.9
Gill net 1.11 1.0 - 6.0 0.65 0.4 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.44 0.4 - 2.3 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.22 1.5 - 13.8 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year

Species Number of fish caught in each category (inches)
0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30+ Total
black crappie 1 15 7 0 0 0 0 0 23
bluegill 199 66 0 0 0 0 0 0 269
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 11 4 0 15
brown bullhead 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 5
hybrid sunfish 47 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 99
largemouth bass 12 9 5 6 3 0 0 0 35
northern pike 0 1 0 6 20 57 8 3 95
pumpkinseed 28 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 39
rock bass 8 26 6 0 0 0 0 0 40
smallmouth bass 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
tullibee (cisco) 0 3 3 2 8 3 0 0 19
walleye 0 0 0 0 2 8 3 0 13
yellow bullhead 1 1 14 7 0 0 0 0 23
yellow perch 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6


For the record, the largest Black Crappie taken in Minnesota weighed 5 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: Vermillion River, Dakota County
    When: 1940
    Statistics: 21" length

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2011 Walleye fingerlings 3,024 140.0
2008 Walleye fingerlings 3,080 140.0
2005 Walleye yearlings 340 85.0
  Walleye adults 110 55.0

Privately Stocked Fish
* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

Stocking Fish Sizes
Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.
Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.
Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.
Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.

Fish Consumption Guidelines

These fish consumption guidelines help people make choices about which fish to eat and how often. Following the guidelin es enables people to reduce their exposure to contaminants while still enjoying the many benefits from fish.

Pregnant Women, Women who may become pregnant and Children under age 15

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
WEST FOX
Crow Wing Co., 18029700
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
WEST FOX
Crow Wing Co., 18029700
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike All sizes        
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

DOWID - MN DNR, Division of Waters' lake ID number.

Contaminants listed were measured at levels that trigger advice to limit consumption.

Listing of consumption guidelines do not imply the fish are legal to keep, MN DNR fishing regulations should be consulted.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 08/04/2008)

Walleye fingerlings are currently stocked into West Fox every third year. The 2008 catch rate was average when compared to similar lakes (1.4/gill net). All of the fish were over 15" with the average size measuring 21.8".

Northern pike numbers were the highest to date (10.3/gill net). Size averaged 21.5" and 2.3 lbs., with 17% of the fish measuring 24" or larger.

Largemouth bass numbers were high in both gill nets (2.2/gill net) and trap nets (1.7/trap net). With both sampling gears combined, 26% of the fish were 12" or larger.

Black crappies were caught in high numbers in gill nets (1.8/gill net) with an average size of 8.5". The catch rate in trap nets was average (0.8/trap net). Size averaged 9.0". With both sampling gears combined, 65% of the fish were 8" or larger.

The bluegill catch rate was average (23.7/trap net), however, the fish were small. The average size was 5.1" and only 8% of the fish were 7" or larger.

The tullibee (cisco) gill net CPUE was average (2.1/gill net). Size averaged 15.0". Tullibees are an important forage species for fish such as walleye and northern pike.

Other fish species sampled included banded killifish, bowfin (dogfish), brown bullhead, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, smallmouth bass, spottail shiner, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1601 Minnesota Dr
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: (218) 828-2550
Internet: Brainerd Fisheries
E-Mail: Brainerd.Fisheries@state.mn.us

Lake maps can be obtained from:

Minnesota Bookstore
660 Olive Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757
To order, use B0378 for the map-id.


For general DNR Information, contact:

DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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